D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are the award winning husband/wife documentary filmmaking team best known for their 1994 feature documentary “The War Room.” A behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, and featuring George Stephanopoulos and James Carville, “The War Room” was nominated for an Academy Award and won the D.W. Grifftih Award for Best Documentary by the National Board of Review. Other notable collaborations include “The Energy War,” “Delorean,” “Woodstock Diary,” and MOON OVER BROADWAY, starring comedienne Carol Burnett in a candid peek at the struggles of mounting the Broadway farce “Moon Over Buffalo.”
Their recent film, “Startup.com,” co-directed by Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim and produced by Pennebaker, premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and won several critical awards, including a DGA Best Documentary Award. Recently completed projects include “Down From the Mountain,” a film celebrating Bluegrass music and its current practitioners as they gather for a concert in Nashville. Produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film features performances by Ralph Stanley, John Hartford, Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and others, all performing music from the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers‚ “O Brother Where Art Thou?”
One of the early pioneers of cinema verite, Hegedus and ‘s intimate, narrative style of filmmaking has recorded some of the best-known public figures and personalities of our times. Working as a two-person crew using only handheld cameras and available light, Pennebaker and Hegedus are able to observe without interrupting, a key to their trademark fly-on-the-wall style. They do not direct, nor interview for information. The result is a candid portrait of real characters in action and confrontation.